And the next day, when they picked up their child, I asked when they thought we'd be able to reschedule.
About five seconds later I realized that wasn't the right question to ask. I should have asked how they were doing. I should have asked how I could pray for them. Instead, I was so focused on business, on getting things done that I thought were important.
***Fast forward to this Wednesday when I left school before lunch feeling terrible and sick and altogether bleh. And Thursday morning, feeling better again, calling students to my desk to recite the week's memory verse.
"Do you know this week's memory verse?" I asked one boy.
"Yes," he said quietly without hesitation, "But I'm just glad you're back."
***Sometimes, business can wait. Usually, actually.
People themselves are more important than whatever needs doing.